US News Thailand: Tribute to the royal family in the face of calls for reform

18:55  05 december  2020
18:55  05 december  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Thousands gathered in Thailand this weekend at a rally calling for reform , which culminated Sunday with a group attempting to march to the Monarch's Privy Council, next to the Royal Palace, to deliver their demands -- an explosive and unprecedented move in a country that reveres the monarchy.

The calls for royal reform are particularly sensitive in Thailand , with criticism of the monarchy punishable by long prison sentences. The definition of what constitutes an insult to the monarchy is unclear and human rights groups say the law has often been used as a political tool to curb free

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BANGKOK REFORM (Reuters) - Thousands of people gathered in Bangkok on Saturday to express their commitment to the Thai monarchy on the birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's late father, after months of protests in favor of a reform of the royal powers.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn led a candle lighting ceremony outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok to pay tribute to his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after reigning for seven decades during which he was regarded by many as a symbol of national unity.

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Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) As mass anti-government protests build across Thailand and calls for reform of the monarchy grow It's the biggest challenge to the ruling establishment in decades, with young people publicly breaking entrenched taboos on speaking openly about the royal family in public.

Anon Nampa, a lawyer who first called for royal reform at a Harry Potter-themed protest, was arrested on Wednesday, the second time he had been In addition to the arrests, the ministry of digital economy and society said on Wednesday that it would also file a complaint against exiled academic

The monarch was joined by thousands of loyalists, dressed in the royal color yellow and waving national flags.

The Thai monarchy has in recent months become the target of a youth-led protest movement that accuses the current king and the government - led by former army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha - of expanding powers royalists at a level not seen since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932.

The demonstrators attacked many taboos by openly criticizing King Vajiralongkorn for having taken direct control of two military units and the wealth of the Office Crown Property Bureau, valued in the tens of billions of dollars.

Saturday's ceremony is one of the most important signs of support for the monarchy since the resurgence of protests in July.

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